How do Ford Car keys work?
What should I do if I am locked out of my Ford?
What should I do if I have lost/broken all my Ford car keys ore remote control fobs?
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How Ford Car Keys really work:
Ford Car Key Specialists AutoKey Squad explain the facts:
- All Ford car keys made after 1995 contain a small microchip hidden in the plastic part of key called a transponder.
- The Chip is made of clear plastic glass & must be programmed correctly to allow the Ford vehicle to start.
- Transponder chips are buried in the keys of all modern Fords – This applies to both modern Ford “remote car keys” and simple Ford keys with no remote central locking buttons or features.
(Detailed information supplied by low-cost Ford Car Key replacement service AutoKey Squad)
- The chips inside every Ford Car Key are “programmed” to a single vehicle.
- The chip technology is also featured in modern Ford proximity car keys which start the vehicle while still in the owner’s pcoket.
- Second hand or recylced chips and keys purchased via Ebay or the internet will NOT start your Ford vehicle – unless the key has been diagnostically paired to your Ford using programming equipment.
- Very old Ford vehicles made before 1995 often contain no electronic securty system at all. This keeps the cost of a repalcement car key for this type of vehicle very low.
- Ford Car Key specialists AutoKey Squad can normally gain entry to any Ford vehicle even if it is deadlocked shut and all the keys are missing or broken.
- When a key is placed in the ignition of a Ford vehicle and turned, the vehicle checks that a key containing a transponder with the right code is present.
- If the car cannot detect the right chip, an ‘immobiliser’ on the vehicle cuts off the engine’s fuel supply and prevents the vehicle from starting.
- The immobiliser security feature was introduced to all new Ford vehicles during the Nineties by law following a car crime epidemic.
- The first generation of Ford car keys with transponder chips operated on the “Red Chip” system. (You can recognise if your car key falls into this categoy from a red chip on the head of the key.)
- Some 1st generation Ford car keys were manufactured with a red master key. Do not worry if you have lost your red master key. Experienced Ford Car Key Specialists such as AutoKey Squad technicians can override the master key security feature and create a new working car key even if all the keys to the vehicle are lost including the master key.
- If your key looks similar to the key displayed below your vehicle is likely to operate on the second generation Ford “Blue Chip” system.
- Few motorists know that Ford vehicles manufactured since the the early 2000′s are no longer programmed using “fixed” transponder chips.
- The current generation of Ford vehicles use a rolling and crypto coded system which ensures a different security code is presented by the key to the engine every time the vehicle is started.
- Ford motorists looking to replace a car key for a vehicle made since 2005 are best advised to take their vehicle to an authorised Ford Dealer or alternatively use a highly experienced Ford Car Key specialist service such as an AutoKey Squad technician.
- The papework supplied by your Ford dealer when you purchased your car will often contain a “key code”. If you can supply this information to a Ford car key specialists (for example an AutoKey Squad technician) this can make the key replacement process faster and cheaper.
- Many Ford vehicles contain the key code hidden on the lock barrel itself. If the lock barrel is removed from the tailgate it may be possible to view the code. WARNING: You are advised to leave this task to a Ford car key specialist unless you are experienced in handling Ford locking systems as it very easy to damage the lock tumblers if a mistake is made during the extraction process.
- The security features of your Ford car key are controlled by an on-board computer called an ‘ECU’. This is an abbreviation for the “Engine Control Unit”. The computer effectively acts as the brain of your Ford vehicle.
- Ford customers whose car keys have been stolen or misplaced at an unknown location are advised to ensure that at the same time as a replacement key is purchased the missing/stolen key is also deregistered from the ECU. This simple step will render the missing key useless to thieves who will be unable to start the vehicle with a deregistered key. This measure should be offered by all reputable Ford Car Key specialists and is offered as a complimentary service by all AutoKey Squad technicians. Please click here to for a low-cost quote on a new Ford Car Key with FREE missing key deregistration.
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The Inside Track from a Ford Car Key Specialist:
AutoKey Squad Ford Car Key specialist Robert Huntington, from Victoria, Central London, 31, offers a fascinating glimpse into the secretive world of the Ford car key technology:
“Unfortuantely, the major car makers are locked into a constant game of cat and mouse with orgainsed vehicle crime. That means that every make of vehicle – including Fords – relies on a baffling array of different technologies and coding system to ensure the immobiliser is effective against thieves.
“We can provide a solution to Ford owners with virtually any problem with a Ford Car Key or remote control fob. We can also help if Ford owners remote control blip has stopped working, or if they have lost their remote key. We can even supply and programme the very latest Ford Proximity keys – where drivers keep the keys in their pocket without putting them in the ignition.
“Different models of car sold by the same manufacturer with apparently identical keys are often protected by entirely different coding systems.
“And some times the same model of car – sold in the same year can still be protected by very different immobiliser technology. My colleagues at AutoKey Squad are dedicated to keeping abreast of the latest developments, especially on the very latest vehicles, but it’s virtually a full-time job.
“There is a huge range of different technology being used dating back to around 1995 when the immobiliser chip was first introduced around the K registration. Back then it was called the PATS system – passive anti-theft system.
“Early Ford car keys used what was called a red chip system. Those early Ford car keys contained a clear glass transponder chip which was buried inside the plastic head of the key. The chip was paired to the ECU (the engine control unit) which basically acts as the vehicle’s brain. Only when the car’s “brain” was sure the key with the right chip was inserted in the lock, would it allow the engine to start.
“There’s an easy way to spot these type of keys – you’ll notice a small red tab of plastic on the top right hand corner of the key – how it got it’s name. Some of the keys are even entirely red. That was the original Ford master key system used on three key red systems.
“Later, as the battle with the crooks developed, Ford moved to another glass transpnder system. The signal for this was a blue chip in the plastic head of the key.
“The most modern Ford keys still boast the blue tab, but they usually feature a black carbon chip. It’s much more advance and can feature rolling and crypto coding systems which require the latest diagnostic tools to bypass.”
- Unlike may independent operators, AutoKey Squad operates a fleet of mobile patrols who are all equipped with dealer-standard diagnostic equipment to supply a fully working new car key or remote fob for virtually any Ford vehicle.
- AutoKey Squad is the leading Ford Car Key Specialist. Every day our fleet of mobile techncians supply replacement high-quality new car keys to Ford motorists and Car Dealerships.
- We cut out the expensive high-street showrooms – to offer value pricing on all types of Ford car keys and remote control fobs.
- Our skilled technicians work at the roadside to cut, programme & supply new Ford keys at your vehicle while you wait. We never compromise on quality and rely on the most sophisticated dealer-standard diagnostic programming equipment to guarantee our workmanship.
- Garages and Roadside Rescue services regularly contract work to AutoKey Squad when they have a problem with a lost or broken Ford car key.
- The bottom line is AutoKey Squad can supply you with high-quality car keys for your Ford vehicle cheaper than many leading high-street forecourts or garages because our overheads are lower.
AutoKey Squad’s Ford car key experts can also assist Ford vehicle owners with broken or snapped Ford Key problems. And all our work is covered by a 100% peace of mind money-back guarantee.
Over recent weeks our technicians have assisted Ford motorists with car key problems on the following models:, Ford Puma, Ford Maverick, Ford Explorer and Ford Ka, Ford Orion, Ford Fiesta , Courier and a Fiesta Van.
But our technicians are also very familiar and experienced in dealing with key programming on the following models: Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo, Ford Cougar, Ford Granada, Ford Galaxy, Ford Scorpio, Ford Explorer, Ford Transit, Ford Transit connect.
Our technicians also offer emergency assistance to Ford drivers who have lost ALL their keys – or locked their car keys or Ford remote key inside their vehicle.
Call an AutoKey Squad adviser NOW on 0800 999 0121 for a free consultation and quote on your Ford car key or remote locking needs.
November 11, 2011